Anna van der Breggen wins women's European Championships road race

Anna van der Breggen (Netherlands) claimed the inaugural women's European Championships road race, leading from the front to win in a sprint ahead of Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland) and Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy). The trio had been part of a group that jumped clear of the field inside the final kilometre as they climbed the Cadoudal hill in Plumelec.

"It's definitely special to become the first European champion of the history," Van der Breggen declared after the race. "I wanted to come here for that reason although I already had a dream season but I'm very happy to add this title. We had a strong team. I'm delighted to finish it off and have the jersey. It's a beautiful jersey."

The Olympic champion for road racing in Rio, she also won the Flèche Wallonne this year, but the European championship was high on her agenda. She claimed the silver medal in the time trial before she tackled the road race with big ambitions.

"It worked out to stay on the front," said the female version of Peter Sagan, also born in 1990 and very efficient in uphill finishes.

She always had the race under control, also when a breakaway was formed just within 50km to go with Séverine Eraud (France), Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan), Anna Stricker (Italy), Nicole Hanselman (Switzerland), Anisha Vekemans (Belgium), Emilia Fahlin (Sweden), Anna Plichta (Poland) and Lucinda Brand (The Netherlands).

Mariane Vos and Riejanne Markus made the race hard for Van der Breggen. Brand, Plichta and Pavlukhina forged on at the front until it was all together again with 15km to go. Before the final lap of 13km, Van der Breggen attacked and Alena Amialiusik (Belarus), Longo Borghini and Niewiadoma accompanied her. It was the winning move.

"Niewiadoma attacked really fast at the bottom of the final climb," Van der Breggen described. "She had already done a big effort but I knew I could recover well. I made my move instinctively. I chose to be on the front for sprinting to victory."

Longo Borghini settled for third place like at the Rio Olympics.

"I'm happy with my result," the Italian told Cyclingnews. "It's a great satisfaction to make a second international podium of this caliber this year. It happened to be exactly the race I expected. We pulled to close the gap once we didn't have anyone in the breakaway anymore. The hot favourite won today."

Plumelec is not the end of the road for Van der Breggen.

"We still have the world championship coming up," said the Dutch woman. "We have to go. The course might not suit me as much as here but we race a lot in Qatar and we have strong girls for this kind of racing in the desert. I'll be happy to contribute to the team work next month."

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anna Van Der Breggen (Netherlands)2:55:55
2Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Poland)Row 1 - Cell 2
3Elisa Longo Borghini (Italy)Row 2 - Cell 2
4Alena Amialiusik (Belarus)Row 3 - Cell 2
5Rasa Leleivyte (Lithuania)0:00:01
6Giorgia Bronzini (Italy)0:00:12
7Marianne Vos (Netherlands)Row 6 - Cell 2
8Emma Johansson (Sweden)Row 7 - Cell 2
9Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (Denmark)Row 8 - Cell 2
10Séverine Eraud (France)Row 9 - Cell 2
11Alice Maria Arzuffi (Italy)Row 10 - Cell 2
12Audrey Cordon (France)0:00:14
13Claudia Lichtenberg (Germany)Row 12 - Cell 2
14Edwige Pitel (France)Row 13 - Cell 2
15Elise Delzenne (France)0:00:20
16Ganna Solovei (Ukraine)0:00:24
17Margarita Victoria Garcia (Spain)0:00:26
18Eugenia Bujak (Poland)Row 17 - Cell 2
19Olga Zabelinskaya (Russian Federation)Row 18 - Cell 2
20Elizaveta Oshurkova (Russian Federation)Row 19 - Cell 2
21Riejanne Markus (Netherlands)Row 20 - Cell 2
22Anna Nahirna (Ukraine)Row 21 - Cell 2
23Camilla Møllebro (Denmark)0:00:29
24Tetiana Riabchenko (Ukraine)Row 23 - Cell 2
25Eider Merino Kortazar (Spain)Row 24 - Cell 2
26Amélie Rivat (France)Row 25 - Cell 2
27Olga Shekel (Ukraine)0:00:35
28Anna Kiesenhofer (Austria)Row 27 - Cell 2
29Kseniya Tuhai (Belarus)0:00:37
30Clara Koppenburg (Germany)0:00:41
31Svetlana Vasilieva (Russian Federation)0:00:43
32Polona Batagelj (Slovenia)Row 31 - Cell 2
33Paulina Brzezna (Poland)Row 32 - Cell 2
34Lisa Klein (Germany)Row 33 - Cell 2
35Valerie Demey (Belgium)Row 34 - Cell 2
36Omer Shapiro (Israel)Row 35 - Cell 2
37Sofie De Vuyst (Belgium)Row 36 - Cell 2
38Abby-Mae Parkinson (Great Britain)Row 37 - Cell 2
39Monika Kiraly (Hungary)Row 38 - Cell 2
40Kelly Van Den Steen (Belgium)Row 39 - Cell 2
41Olena Pavlukhina (Azerbaijan)0:00:50
42Alexandra Nessmar (Sweden)0:00:52
43Lucinda Brand (Netherlands)0:00:54
44Amy Pieters (Netherlands)Row 43 - Cell 2
45Chantal Blaak (Netherlands)Row 44 - Cell 2
46Anastasiia Iakovenko (Russian Federation)0:00:56
47Daiva Tuslaite (Lithuania)0:01:01
48Annasley Park (Great Britain)Row 47 - Cell 2
49Tatiana Guderzo (Italy)0:01:04
50Nathalie Verschelden (Belgium)0:01:05
51Rotem Gafinovitz (Israel)0:01:09
52Anna Plichta (Poland)Row 51 - Cell 2
53Nikola Noskova (Czech Republic)0:01:22
54Marie Vilmann (Denmark)0:01:25
55Charlotte Bravard (France)0:01:38
56Malgorzta Jasinska (Poland)0:01:49
57Emilia Fahlin (Sweden)0:01:51
58Soraya Paladin (Italy)Row 57 - Cell 2
59Aude Biannic (France)Row 58 - Cell 2
60Sheyla Gutierrez Ruiz (Spain)Row 59 - Cell 2
61Alicja Ratajczak (Poland)0:02:00
62Katarzyna Pawlowska (Poland)0:03:46
63Barbara Benko (Hungary)0:04:25
64Yevgeniya Vysotska (Ukraine)Row 63 - Cell 2
65Jacqueline Dietrich (Germany)0:04:33
66Sara Penton (Sweden)Row 65 - Cell 2
67Mia Radotic (Croatia)Row 66 - Cell 2
68Nicole Hanselmann (Switzerland)Row 67 - Cell 2
69Ursa Pintar (Slovenia)Row 68 - Cell 2
70Anisha Vekemans (Belgium)Row 69 - Cell 2
71Kaat Hannes (Belgium)Row 70 - Cell 2
72Sara Mustonen (Sweden)Row 71 - Cell 2
73Sarah Rijkes (Austria)Row 72 - Cell 2
74Ilaria Sanguineti (Italy)Row 73 - Cell 2
75Christina Perchtold (Austria)Row 74 - Cell 2
76Anna Zita Maria Stricker (Italy)Row 75 - Cell 2
77Silvija Latozaite (Lithuania)0:10:23
78Aafke Soet (Netherlands)Row 77 - Cell 2
79Kseniia Dobrynina (Russian Federation)Row 78 - Cell 2
80Maryna Ivaniuk (Ukraine)Row 79 - Cell 2
81Khrystyna Radionova (Ukraine)Row 80 - Cell 2
82Jarmila Machacova (Czech Republic)0:10:26
83Daniela Reis (Portugal)0:10:27
84Margarita Syrodoeva (Russian Federation)Row 83 - Cell 2
85Liisi Rist (Estonia)Row 84 - Cell 2
86Tereza Medvedova (Slovakia)Row 85 - Cell 2
87Janka Keseg Stevkova (Slovakia)0:10:31
88Špela Kern (Slovenia)0:10:41
89Ewelina Szybiak (Poland)Row 88 - Cell 2
90Sari Saarelainen (Finland)Row 89 - Cell 2
91Jeanne Korevaar (Netherlands)0:10:52
92Lija Laizane (Latvia)0:10:59
93Liisa Ehrberg (Estonia)Row 92 - Cell 2
94Anabelle Dreville (France)Row 93 - Cell 2
95Jelena Eric (Serbia)0:11:19
96Paz Bash (Israel)0:14:14
97Daisi Rist (Estonia)0:16:58
98Dorottya Kanti (Hungary)Row 97 - Cell 2
99Antonia Grondahl (Finland)Row 98 - Cell 2
100Valeriya Kononenko (Ukraine)Row 99 - Cell 2
DNFCéline Van Severen (Belgium)Row 100 - Cell 2
DNFBetina Cramer (Denmark)Row 101 - Cell 2
DNFRomy Kasper (Germany)Row 102 - Cell 2
DNFElise Maes (Luxembourg)Row 103 - Cell 2
DNFAmalie Winther Olsen (Denmark)Row 104 - Cell 2
DNFLaura Vainionpää (Finland)Row 105 - Cell 2
DNFCorinna Lechner (Germany)Row 106 - Cell 2
DNFAlice Barnes (Great Britain)Row 107 - Cell 2
DNFGrace Garner (Great Britain)Row 108 - Cell 2
DNFHayley Jones (Great Britain)Row 109 - Cell 2
DNFManon Lloyd (Great Britain)Row 110 - Cell 2
DNFJosie Knight (Ireland)Row 111 - Cell 2
DNFSofia Bertizzolo (Italy)Row 112 - Cell 2
DNFKatrine Aalerud (Norway)Row 113 - Cell 2
DNFDaria Egorova (Russian Federation)Row 114 - Cell 2
DNFAlicia Gonzalez Blanco (Spain)Row 115 - Cell 2
DNFMalin Berlin (Sweden)Row 116 - Cell 2
DNFAyse Cakir (Turkey)Row 117 - Cell 2
DNFCansu Türkmenoglu (Turkey)Row 118 - Cell 2
DNFDoris Schweizer (Switzerland)Row 119 - Cell 2
DNSMartina Ritter (Austria)Row 120 - Cell 2
DNSJannie Sand (Denmark)Row 121 - Cell 2

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